The music industry is under the Vecna-strength grip of Stranger Things.
The Netflix series is doing it again with another ’80s classic after pushing Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” to the top of the charts in Volume 1 of the fourth season.
This time, the “Master of Puppets” by Metallica has become one of the most played songs in both the U.K. and the U.S. thanks to the charm of the show. The two-hour show’s finale featured the thrash metal song as part of Eddie Munson’s brilliant scheme to divert the deadly bats guarding Vecna’s hideout against their terrible task.
The sole single from Metallica’s 1986 album of the same name, “Master Of Puppets,” is currently No. 12 on Spotify’s Top 50 U.S. list and No. 26 on their Global Top 50 as of Monday afternoon. That’s no minor accomplishment, especially given that the entire song lasts more than eight minutes.
The band did retweet a teaser of the scene, which is receiving a lot of love from fans online, but they haven’t made any formal comments on the song’s increasing popularity.
The 57-year-old bassist for Metallica also disclosed that his 17-year-old son Tye Trujillo contributed new guitar parts to the song as it was performed live.
Trujillo concluded by saying, “Big thanks to [Kirk Hammett] for helping!” implying that the lead guitarist of Metallica had also contributed to the process of modifying the song for the show.
The bassist wasn’t the band’s bassist at the time the song was released since Cliff Burton, who tragically passed away at the age of 24 in a car accident in Sweden on September 27, 1986, had already assumed the important backline position.
The publication of the most recent Stranger Things episode nearly brought Netflix to a halt early on Friday. The streaming platform reportedly crashed when viewers tried to watch the final two episodes of the season when they arrived on Netflix at 3 a.m. ET, according to reports from the international uptime-monitoring website Downdetector, with over 14,000 users complaining.
According to data from Downdetector, most difficulties seemed to be fixed within a half-hour, and by the end of the hour, everything was fixed.
The first volume of the fourth season of Stranger Things debuted on May 27. It consisted of seven episodes that followed the series regulars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, and Priah Ferguson as they dealt with the latest threat from the Upside Down.
Volume 2 is only two episodes lengthy, yet it lasts for about four hours.